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How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:48:49 GMT

About a dozen people protested against what they called the threat of radical Islam at the Islamic Da’Wah Center in Houston in May 2016. They were met by a much larger crowd of counterprotesters. Both sides, it turned out, were organized by Russian groups.With imperfect English and tireless posting on Facebook and Twitter, Russian trolls summoned Americans to rallies, praised Donald J. Trump and played on political divisions.

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Inside the Russian Troll Factory: Zombies and a Breakneck Pace

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:00:38 GMT

A view of a business center in St. Petersburg that is believed to house the troll factory that meddled in the 2016 presidential campaign in the United States.Ex-employees of the Internet Research Agency, which was indicted last week over meddling in the 2016 election, described their often bizarre work lives.

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Trump’s Evolution From Relief to Fury Over the Russia Indictment

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:00:51 GMT

President Trump on Friday in Washington.The president unleashed a two-day Twitter tirade that was unusually angry and defiant even by his standards.

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Indictment Leaves No Doubt: Russia Backed Trump. But Was It the Difference?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:11:57 GMT

Hillary Clinton during a campaign rally at Grand Valley State University in Michigan on the eve of the presidential election in 2016.The charges against 13 Russians have injected a new twist into a debate that has consumed the political universe since the final hours of election night: How did Trump do it?

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Fact-Checking a Facebook Executive’s Comments on Russian Interference

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:29:38 GMT

President Trump cited tweets by Rob Goldman as proof that Russia’s disinformation campaign was about something other than giving him an election victory.Rob Goldman, Facebook vice president for ads, tweeted about Russia’s disinformation effort. President Trump then cited him. We fact-checked Mr. Goldman.

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Trump Adds Cautious Support to Changes to Background Checks for Gun Buyers

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:05:40 GMT

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on Friday visited a Florida hospital where victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were being treated.The White House press secretary said that Mr. Trump had spoken to Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, about legislation to revamp background checks.

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School Shootings Put Teachers in New Role as Human Shields

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:29:16 GMT

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Scott Beigel, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, after his funeral in Boca Raton, Fla., on Sunday.Around the country, teachers are reflecting on whether they are prepared to take a bullet for their students. “I think about it all the time,” one said.

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Tools of Trump’s Fixer: Payouts, Intimidation and the Tabloids

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:27:22 GMT

Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s longtime lawyer, suppressed embarrassing stories about his boss’s past as they loomed over the campaign.Beyond facilitating a $130,000 payment to silence a pornographic film actress, Donald Trump’s lawyer spent years making aggressive behind-the-scenes efforts to protect him.

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White House Memo: White House Seeks to Move On From Abuse Scandal. But What Did It Learn?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:00:18 GMT

John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, in Florida last week with emergency workers after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school. Mr. Kelly is also facing a crisis in the West Wing after an aide resigned amid spousal abuse allegations.A better-not-to-know approach in the White House allowed the Rob Porter problem to fester and raises questions about whether officials are capable of creating a better system.

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Iran, Deeply Embedded in Syria, Expands ‘Axis of Resistance’

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:55:24 GMT

Pieces of an Israeli F-16 that crashed in northern Israel on Feb. 10 after coming under antiaircraft fire.Iran is training thousands of militiamen in Syria and deploying drones and precision weapons. Its goal, say analysts: a united front in any war with Israel.

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Netanyahu to Iran: ‘Do Not Test Israel’s Resolve’

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:28:32 GMT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, who spoke at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, on Sunday, brandished a remnant of what he said was an Iranian drone shot down in Israeli airspace.Brandishing what he said was part of an Iranian drone shot down by the Israeli military, the prime minister warned in a speech in Munich against crossing Israel’s “red lines.”

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The Arrest Was a Bust. The Officers Got Overtime Anyway.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:28:12 GMT

Hector Cordero, a store clerk, interacted with customers inside J&C Mini Market in Bushwick, Brooklyn, this week. Mr. Cordero, 59, is involved in a federal court case that claims New York Police Department officers made unlawful arrests in order to boost overtime pay.A federal trial in Brooklyn is set to explore the issue of so-called collars for dollars. The implications could be far-reaching.

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Op-Ed Contributors: Did George Washington Predict Donald Trump?

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:58:13 GMT

In an era of disunity, partisanship and allegations of Russian election meddling, the first president’s farewell address seems prescient.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Nashville’s Mayor Has Stumbled. Who Will Cast the First Stone?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:58:13 GMT

Mayor Megan Barry of Nashville at a news conference in January when she apologized for having had an extramarital affair.Megan Barry’s affair with a subordinate has her opponents outraged. The rest of us aren’t sure what to think.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Coal’s Continuing Decline

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:08:34 GMT

Dave Van Sickle, a retired miner, suffers from black lung disease and uses a breathing mask.New signs that, despite President Trump’s campaign promise, this fossil fuel won’t be back.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Attacking the ‘Woke’ Black Vote

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:41:42 GMT

Protesters with the Black Lives Matter movement gathered near the White House in 2016.The Russia indictment shows that black folks had unwanted hands on their backs, nudging them toward apathy.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Whatever Trump Is Hiding Is Hurting All of Us Now

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:02:35 GMT

President Trump in Washington on Friday.He either believes Putin’s denials, or more likely, is afraid of what the Russians have on him.

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Editorial: Trump’s ‘Best People’ and Their Dubious Ethics

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:30:14 GMT

There are so many scandals in this administration that many aren’t getting the attention they deserve.

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Op-Ed Contributors: A Better Way to Protect Mueller

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:45:15 GMT

Acting Attorney General Robert Bork testifying in 1973 before the Senate Judiciary Committee.Robert Bork, criticized for his role in the Saturday Night Massacre, also made sure the president couldn’t easily fire another special prosecutor.

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Op-Ed Contributors: A Placeholder Prime Minister Departs. What Comes Next?

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:06:50 GMT

Hailemariam Desalegn, the outgoing prime minister of Ethiopia, announced his resignation in the capital of Addis Ababa on Feb. 15.In Ethiopia, continued authoritarianism in the face of fierce and determined protests will be futile.

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Before the Ice Dance, Madison Hubbell Imagines Winning (and Falling)

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 18:57:54 GMT

As she ties up her skates for the seemingly millionth time, the U.S. ice dancer Madison Hubbell pictures her routine. A voice in her head reminds her she could make a mistake — then the announcers call her name.

On Olympics: At Ice Dancing, Wardrobe Malfunction Overshadows a Clash of Styles

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:45:50 GMT

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France placed second in the short dance. Her costume popped open early on in their performance after the clasp behind her neck came undone.Skating through a wardrobe malfunction, the French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron offered an ethereal challenge to the Canadian leaders.

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German Olympians Drink a Lot of (Nonalcoholic) Beer, and Win a Lot of Gold Medals

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:19:22 GMT

Simon Schempp of Germany won a silver medal in the 15-kilometer mass start biathlon event on Sunday.The brewery Krombacher has supplied about 1,000 gallons of nonalcoholic beer to the athletes’ village. It’s commonly consumed as a sports drink in Germany.

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Shiffrin Pulls Out of Downhill, Leaving Only One Chance to Face Vonn

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:50:40 GMT

Lindsey Vonn pulled up late in her downhill training run on Monday, perhaps to keep rivals guessing about just how fast she can go.A rare showdown between the stars of the U.S. ski team will have to wait for the Alpine combined after Mikaela Shiffrin changed her mind about entering the downhill.

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The Fall Games

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:08:44 GMT

Stanislau Hladchenko of Belarus, aerials.New York Times photographers capture the exact moment when Olympians’ hopes crash.

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Tax Overhaul Gains Public Support, Buoying Republicans

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:28:11 GMT

Colleen Doering runs a small facilities maintenance business in Florida. “My paycheck has increased, and if I see it in my paycheck, then I know my employees are seeing it in theirs,” she said of the new tax law.The upturn follows an aggressive advertising campaign by the party and coincides with an eroding Democratic lead in polls gauging midterm election prospects.

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American Is Charged With Stealing Terra-Cotta Warrior’s Thumb

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:15:05 GMT

Michael Rohana was attending an event at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia when he entered a closed exhibition room and vandalized the 2,000-year-old statue, the authorities say.

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Günter Blobel, Nobel Laureate Who Found Cell ‘ZIP Codes,’ Dies at 81

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:32:19 GMT

Günter Blobel in his laboratory at Rockefeller University in Manhattan in 2004.Dr. Blobel, at Rockefeller University, discovered that proteins in any given cell carry signals that guide them to where they can do their beneficial job.

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‘Black Panther’ Is No. 1 on the Album Charts, Too

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:13:41 GMT

Kendrick Lamar performed Friday as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. He helped put together the soundtrack for “Black Panther,” which debuted at No. 1 on the albums chart.The superhero film has broken box office records, and now its soundtrack, featuring Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd and SZA, has opened in the top spot.

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A Director’s Apology Adds Momentum to South Korea’s #MeToo Movement

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:04:31 GMT

“I am ready to take all punishment, including legal responsibilities for my crimes,” said Lee Youn-taek, a prominent theater director accused of sexual harassment.

As Some Got Free Health Care, Gwen Got Squeezed: An Obamacare Dilemma

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:51:27 GMT

Gwen and Matt Hurd with their son Harry at home in Merrimack, N.H. They pay full price for Obamacare coverage, which has gotten so expensive they have considered foregoing health insurance.President Trump’s efforts to undermine the health law have widened the gap between those who get government aid and those who don’t, deepening resentments.

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In Australia, Staying Loyal to Taiwan Can Mean Losing a Job

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:19:12 GMT

Man-Tzu Tuan, 19, was fired from her job at a restaurant in Sydney after her boss asked her whether Taiwan was part of China.Chinese employers in Australia, mirroring Beijing’s strong-arm tactics, have fired workers who do not recognize Taiwan as part of China.

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African Immigrants Find an Open Door at a Bronx College

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:25:25 GMT

Victoria McEwen, center, grew up in Sierra Leone, watching her mother help people survive during the civil war there. Now she is among a burgeoning group of African students at Bronx Community College.Bronx Community College has seen its enrollment of African students climb to nearly 1,000 from 200 a decade ago.

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Watch Ping-Pong Make Its New York Philharmonic Debut

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:39:39 GMT

The composer Andy Akiho during a rehearsal for his Ping-Pong concerto, “Ricochet,” at David Geffen Hall. The piece uses an array of found instruments.Table-tennis-playing soloists swing paddles, hand drums, small gongs and even a wine glass in Andy Akiho’s unconventional concerto, “Ricochet.”

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Why A.I. Researchers at Google Got Desks Next to the Boss

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:10:06 GMT’s headquarters near Salt Lake City. The company’s research operation, OLabs, sits directly outside the chief executive’s office.At Google, Facebook and other tech companies, executives are making statements about priorities with their seating charts.

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A Good Appetite: A Complex Red Bean Stew From Georgia

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:06:39 GMT

Lobio, a traditional dish from Georgia, combines red beans with browned and raw onions, garlic and herbs.With its mix of raw and browned onions, fresh herbs and a pungent hit of garlic, lobio is a far-from-ordinary bean dish.

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What to Do With a Day Off

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:11:48 GMT

Step one: Give yourself permission to actually take the day off.

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Standing for 6 Hours Burns an Extra 54 Calories

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 16:57:56 GMT

You could lose over five pounds in a year by choosing to stand rather than sit — if you didn’t find other ways to make up for the calorie deficit.

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Phys Ed: Lift Weights, Eat More Protein, Especially if You’re Over 40

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 11:00:01 GMT

Eating more protein can significantly augment the effects of lifting weights, a review of research found.

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The Checkup: Taking Playtime Seriously

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 06:00:01 GMT

Experts say it’s essential to give kids time and space to play.

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An Unlikely Youth Revolution at the Paris Opera

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:32:23 GMT

A scene from Romeo Castellucci’s production of Schoenberg’s “Moses und Aron” at the Paris Opera in 2015. The company’s 2018-19 season is part of a long-term focus on theatricality.Nearly 100,000 people younger than age 28 came to see the centuries-old company last season, contradicting a worldwide trend of aging opera audiences.

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Still Making Art, and Sly Jokes, at Age 91

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:00:14 GMT

Geta Bratescu working in her studio in Bucharest in December.Geta Bratescu spent most of her career in obscurity in Communist Romania. Late in life she came to international recognition, and now has a major show in Los Angeles.

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The Secret of Success in a Chilly Classic Car Market

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:51:06 GMT

A 1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S. The car, thought to be one of just 17 surviving examples of the model, sold this month for about $177,000 at an RM Sotheby’s auction in Paris.Auction prices for high-end collectible automobiles have dropped as specialists have replaced speculators. Cars that do sell have one thing in common: They still work.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Inside the Fevered Minds of Sports Fans

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:00:01 GMT

To write “Superfans,” George Dohrmann spoke to everyday fans, academics and scientists about what it is that drives our vicarious competitive mania.

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The Power of Wearing Flowers

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:37:33 GMT

At left, a headpiece of aspidistra leaves and lily of the valley by Brooklyn artist and floral designer Joshua Werber (on Instagram at The impulse to adorn ourselves with flora is as old as civilization itself. Here, three floral artists offer new takes on the most atavistic — and enduring — of traditions.

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Bitcoin Thieves Threaten Real Violence for Virtual Currencies

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:32:09 GMT

Criminals have been going after big holders of Bitcoin and Ether, taking advantage of the ease with which vast virtual currency riches can be transferred.

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Want Cleaner Air? Try Using Less Deodorant

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:53:06 GMT

Consumer products like perfume, pesticides and paint can contribute as much to city air pollution as cars.

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The New Health Care: How Dental Inequality Hurts Americans

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:00:18 GMT

A free dental clinic in Seattle's Key Arena in 2016. Many Americans lack basic access to dental care.Lack of dental care through Medicaid not only harms people’s health, but has negative economic implications as well.

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Vocations: At Chobani, Adding Flavor to Yogurt While Watching Calories

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:32:43 GMT

Porter Z. Long creates flavor combinations for Chobani yogurt in Twin Falls, Idaho.A food scientist tries to convert ideas for enticing flavors into products that don’t contain too many calories and grams of sugar. That balance can be tricky.

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